Make me strong

Stay with me, God. The night is dark,

The night is cold: my little spark

Of courage dies. The night is long;

Be with me, God, and make me strong.” – A Solider — His Prayer, st. 1

According to Barlett’s Familiar Quotations, this “poem, found on a scrap of paper in a slit trench in Tunisia during the battle of El Agheila, was printed in Poems from the Desert, by members of the British Eighth Army [1944].”

On this Memorial Day, let us pause from our driving change efforts where we are often comfortable and warm (as much as we may whine and fuss).

Let’s remember those who have gone before us and offered their lives in service to their fellow man, protecting the freedom we so desire and cherish.

To the veterans among you, I salute your service and offer you my personal thanks.

Now let’s go out and use the hard won freedoms and create some great and wondrous change.

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